Re: Antibiotics for Chest Cold???
If it is just a cold still, then you don't need the antibiotics. But, if you have developed bronchitis, then they will help you a lot. There are three reasons the doc might have given them to you:
1)You have bronchitis or pneumonia
2)He thinks you are at risk for getting bronchitis or pneumonia
3)They are a placebo. (He prescribed them to make you happy, although he doesn't think you really need them.)
I have no way of knowing which it is, although fever several days into your cold, shortness of breath, and coughing up particularly disgusting colored junk would be signs of #1
If you still think you just have a bad cold, call him back and ask why he prescribed the antibiotic--but if you start taking it, do finish the bottle!